Valdosta State Opens 2013 Season at No. 1 in Division II Poll

Valdosta State (Ga.), fresh off of their third Division II national championship in 2012, opens up 2013 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. This is the third time since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll started in 2000 that the Blazers have begun the season ranked No. 1. Minnesota State-Mankato comes in at No. 2 with three first place votes, followed by West Texas A&M, Northwest Missouri State and last year’s national runner-up, Winston-Salem State (N.C.), rounding out the Top 5.

There will be three Top 25 matchups in the first week of the 2013 season, highlighted by No. 4 Northwest Missouri State playing host to No. 22 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), and No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.) traveling to No. 25 Shepherd (W.Va.).

2013 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 19, 2013

RankSchool (1st votes) 2012 Rec. Pts.2012 Rank*Season OpenerHead Coach
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (26) 12-2 766 1 Sept. 7 vs. Fort Valley St. (Ga.) David Dean
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (3) 13-1 726 3 Sept. 7 at Mary (N.D.) Aaron Keen
3. West Texas A&M (1) 12-3 707 4 Sept. 7 at Western St. (Colo.) Don Carthel
4. Northwest Missouri St. (1) 10-3 616 10 Sept. 5 vs. No. 22 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Adam Dorrel
5. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 14-1 599 2 Sept. 5 at North Carolina-Pembroke Connell Maynor
6. Missouri Western St. 12-2 586 5 Sept. 5 at Central Missouri Jerry Partridge
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 11-2 559 14 Sept. 7 at No. 25 Shepherd (W.Va.) Mark Maciejewski
8. Colorado St.-Pueblo 12-1 522 6 Sept. 7 at Northern Colorado John Wristen
9. Ashland (Ohio) 11-1 506 9 Sept. 7 at No. 19 Indianapolis (Ind.) Lee Owens
10. Indiana (Pa.) (1) 12-2 416 7 Sept. 7 at Southern Connecticut St. Curt Cignetti
11. Minnesota-Duluth 10-2 410 12 Sept. 7 vs. Sioux Falls (S.D.) Curt Wiese
12. New Haven (Conn.) 10-1 407 8 Sept. 7 at West Chester (Pa.) Peter Rossomando
13. Henderson St. (Ark.) 10-1 371 11 Sept. 7 vs. Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Scott Maxfield
14. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 361 NR Sept. 7 vs. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Matt Mitchell
15. Midwestern St. (Texas) 9-2 319 16 Sept. 14 vs. Tarleton St. (Texas) Bill Maskill
16. West Alabama 9-4 297 21 Sept. 7 vs. Clark Atlanta (Ga.) Will Hall
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3 290 13 Sept. 5 vs. Wayne St. (Mich.) Ken Sparks
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2 227 17 Sept. 7 vs. Stonehill (Mass.) Paul Darragh
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-3 212 15 Sept. 7 vs. No. 9 Ashland (Ohio) Bob Bartolomeo
20. Chadron St. (Neb.) 9-3 195 18 Sept. 5 at Missouri S&T Jay Long
21. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 7-3 165 NR Sept. 7 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.) Tim Beck
22. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3 141 NR Sept. 5 at No. 4 Northwest Missouri St. Jim Collins
23. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-3 140 20 Sept. 7 vs. Concord (W.Va.) Mike Houston
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-2 124 23 Sept. 7 at Alabama A&M Willie Slater
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-3 108 25 Sept. 7 vs. No. 7 Shippensburg (Pa.) Monte Cater

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2012

Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 106; Winona St. (Minn.), 77; Albany St. (Ga.), 51; North Alabama, 39; Michigan Tech, 38; Central Washington, 34; Central Missouri, 31; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 30; Delta St. (Miss.), 26; American International (Mass.), 21; Charleston (W.Va.), 21; Ferris St. (Mich.), 21; Emporia St. (Kan.), 20; West Chester (Pa.), 20; Hillsdale (Mich.), 14; Miles (Ala.), 14; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Elizabeth City St. (N.C.), 11; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 11; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Ohio Dominican, 6; Fort Valley St. (Ga.), 4; Tarleton St. (Texas), 3; California (Pa.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Wayne St. (Mich.), 1.

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